Skip to main content

tv   News  Al Jazeera  August 4, 2015 7:00am-7:31am EDT

7:00 am
case thrown out. ♪ welcome to al jazeera live from our doha headquarters and i'm jane and also ahead anti-houthi fighters recapture yemen's largest military base. more guards and higher fences the british government says it has got a grip on the migrant crisis and president under pressure and malaysia in a $700 million corruption scandal.
7:01 am
♪ the corruption case against south african leader julius has been thrown out of court and already has a hate speech conviction and he was facing charges of racketeering fraud, corruption and money laundering. >> the judge said i'm free and south africa shall know from today that i'm free and on thursday i will be in parliament and zuma will know us better because we are free. we are free to be parliament and free to end any responsibility given to us by our people. there are no allegations, none whatsoever. but i know because we are dealing with dogs they are going to manufacture something new. they are free to do that. let them manufacture whatever new charges against me. they will never win. and a new trial court of law.
7:02 am
>> and there is more with ms. miller. what happened? >> well jane julius has always been confident about his success around these charges against him almost two years ago by the national prosecuting authority but what has happened in court in the last day or two, one of the accused in this trial was not available for court due to an illness and it's due to that reason that julius want the charges separated so his trial can be heard separate from that accused and put that application forward in court earlier today and on the other side the judge was presented with another option and that was from the state, the state had wanted this matter postponed for a number of weeks while they waited for that accused to return to court. now the judge in the matter said he wasn't prepared to postpone
7:03 am
this case further because it had been postponed and delayed a number of times in the last two years. remember this is a long time coming and four years since investigations began into corruption allegations against julius. the trial was meant to have been heard in the last to years. it only has restarted again now and as we know has just been thrown out and the judge will not postpone any further. >> and should imagine his supporters were pretty happy. >> supporters certainly were happy and maintained the charges against julius were politically motivated and he actually didn't have any charges to answer to any accusations to answer to and they had faith and he was coming out of this case clean and exactly what julius said. he said i presented the court with an option try me separately but the court did not go with the option or n.p.a. didn't want to have the trial separately because as he puts it
7:04 am
they did not have enough evidence against him so julius certainly happy he has come out of this clean. >> thank you very much. anti-houthi fighters have recaptured yemen's biggest military base from houthi rebels and at least nine houthi fighters were killed in the operation in the southern province here and previously used by the u.s. to launch drone strikes against al-qaeda targets and we have the details. >> reporter: this is the gate to a military base yemen's largest now under the control of pro-government forces. they took it from houthi rebels and forces loyal to president saleh and say many were killed or captured in battles that have continued since may. the forces who call themselves popular resistance use heavy weaponry including tanks and armored vehicles provided by saudi arabia and the united arab emirates and support from saudi-led coalition for weeks
7:05 am
and this brings them closer to advising to thai a contested city that has seen some of the fierce fighting in weeks and accuse houthis of taking prisoners who they say will be used as political prisoners in negotiations. and in advances in the south which seem to void the government in exile there is a change of tone the houthis are pushed on offensive in resent days. >> translator: without the implementation of u.n. security council resolutions we cannot initiate a political process that will include houthi and militias after they have committed all these crimes. >> reporter: but this sprawling military complex which is used by u.s. forces against al-qaeda is not the game changer many are hoping for and some say it will help boost morale but the location not allow it to be used at the staging area to push forward. [gunfire] although the resent victories have made prohadi forces saying
7:06 am
they can push back houthis under their control and they know it's not going to be easy or quick. al jazeera. the united kingdom announced measures to crack down on undocumented immigrants and landlords who fail to check immigration status could face five years in jail. the government has been forced to act by the standoff in the french port of cali and french police say there were 1700 attempts to breakthrough the fence at the channel tunnel on monday. figures from french police suggest as many as 70% of migrants in cali succeed in reaching england. british foreign secretary phillip phillip hammond says greater security is having an effect. >> we are gaining on the crisis and saw a peak last week since the number of illegal migrants has tailed off. we have taken a number of measures in collaboration with the french authorities and euro
7:07 am
tunnel which are already having an effect and over the next day or two would expect to have an even greater effect. >> reporter: charles stratford is on the french side of the channel in cali. this is his report. >> reporter: he insists we hide his identity. he has seven children and a wife in afghanistan. it's taken him four months to travel across western asia and europe and he says he is determined to make it to the uk. >> we want asylum in u.k. to make our life easily to bring our family. if the situation good for example or if the situation is bitter so we are, want to go back to our country. >> reporter: many of the people living in this camp seem to be genuine asylum seekers fleeing political persecution and conflict in their respective countries and say the reason they want to live in the u.k. is they want to be in an english
7:08 am
speaking country where getting status is easier than britain and france and they are saying they are not addressing real asylum claims. >> they need to look closely at what needs to ask for asylum and look at the people in england and look at request and if they don't fit the bill then yes send them back to wherever, i don't know, make a decision. and france needs to do the same thing. you know if today you decide to ask for asylum in france because you're tired of trying and not succeeding to go to the u.k. your first appointment for your asylum request is in november. >> reporter: of course there are many people here wanting a better job, a better life in the u.k. so called economic migrants and say it's easy to find work in the u.k. than in france. the u.k. government offered france help with security but says all europe should help find
7:09 am
a solution and local officials in cali totally disagree. >> translator: this is totally a british problem. what they don't understand is everyone in europe sees it as their problem and cannot keep sending security to france as if it's a suburb of the u.k. we are not england and never will be. >> reporter: at tunnel entrance the fence is being repaired again and it was cut by a man prepared to grab a train prepared to risk their lives for a life in britain. this man says he will do the same. charles stratford, al jazeera, cali. government forces in sudan accused of committing war crimes in the south. amnesty international says civilians are being killed in air and ground attacks and human rights says cluster bombs being used during attacks on schools and hospitals and they are being deliberately targeted. and we have amnesty of south
7:10 am
sudan and sudan campaign and says it's almost impossible to get humanitarian aid to the people. >> this aerial bombardment has been carried out using fighter jets and they have been dropping cluster bombs and other forms of inherently inherent areas and humanitarian law and hospitals and schools and other objections that do not solve a military purposes should not be targeted but sudan are not only targeting hospitals and schools and infrastructure and also bombing civilians in areas where they try to hide in caves and in fox holes. it's very difficult to get aid into these areas. in fact, last year there was a missile breakout in the whole of sudan. however, children in north controlled areas do not have access to much-needed vaccines
7:11 am
and are being distributed by unicef. for 1.2 million people in the area there are only two hospitals available. the huge part of the conflict. activist in burundi injured by shooting in the capitol and human rights campaign had been an outspoken critic of the president and he opposed zizi's decision to run a third term a decision that observe prompted months of protest and myanmar calling for help to assist 200,000 people effected by flooding and cyclone and rain caused the worst flooding in the country for decades and caroline malone reports. >> reporter: this may look like a river but it's actually one area of myanmar hit by floods. a stream overflowed in the village and villages dealing with the consequences without government support.
7:12 am
>> translator: this situation is not good for us. everyday we need to pay for a boat just to get out of our house and buy groceries. >> reporter: a nearby monestary is opened and mornings are trying to support this group of mainly women and children with donors and civil society organizations. >> translator: i'm very sad for the people because the government does nothing for them. government neglects flooded communities. it's not good. it's been the same for 11 years. unless we get more donations we will run out of supplies in ten days. >> reporter: government aircraft are dropping supplies in rakind state. it's hard to know just how badly people have been effected here as phone lines are down and roads washed away. >> translator: first we focus on food we prepared boxes of rice drinking water, instant noodles and we have to drop off the rations on the ground and people have to collect and share them. >> reporter: 200,000 people
7:13 am
affected across 12 of 14 regions in myanmar. their homes are flooded and they cannot access normal services. and there are concerns that rivers may burst their banks leaving people in need of help. >> they have the consequences of what is imagined and what we expect is displacement and children have also lost their routines and high rates of malnutrition so the flooding situation could really exacerbate those situations. >> reporter: international aid and u.n. says the government is bust prepared to deal with the disaster than in 2008 when the cyclone left 140,000 people dead or missing but in this crisis some people say they are not getting the government help they need carolyn malone al jazeera. more to come on al jazeera, debt, drought and now default. we will tell you about the
7:14 am
problems plaguing puerto rico's economic. going green but dirty habits are proving hard to change. ♪ >> there's a lot of work to be done. >> they need to quite talking about what should be done and do it. >> there's clearly an issue and we have to focus on how we bridge that. >> a lot of innocent lives are still being lost.
7:15 am
7:16 am
you are watching al jazeera and the top stories the corruption case against opposition leader julius has been thrown out of court. the judge said the charges took too long to be brought to court and accused of receiving $400,000 from road construction projects.
7:17 am
anti-houthi fighters recaptured yemen's biggest military base from houthi rebels at least nine houthis killed at the operation in the southern province. the british government says improved security measures are having an effect on the migrant crisis in the channel in france and migrants made 1700 attempts to try to get into the channel tunnel rail terminal on monday. u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in singapore promoting the world's largest trade deal the trans pacific partnership hit snags last week and called for the 12 countries to overcome their differences and the trade deal is a central part of the u.s. president barack obama's efforts to increase influence in asia and counter the economic power of china. the u.s. says it will push the issue of disputed islands in the south china sea during a summit in may lasha and have been
7:18 am
invited to the association of southeast nations and china says they are unhappy with territorial disputes being raised and want to focus on cooperation. and regional leaders gather in malaysia the government is graspingly with $700 million corruption scandal and we report from kuala lumpur. >> reporter: headquarters of the newspaper and magazine in kuala lumpur it's quiet with a three-month band on publications and investigating a money trail and apparently funds from the finance ministry ended up in the bank account of the prime minister to the tune of $700 million and it stands by the article they are demanding clarification of the decision and filed for judicial review and were unable to comment at this time. it was "the wall street journal" that reported it seen documents implicated the prime minister and he has been fire fighting the accusations levelled at him yet when questioned by his own deputy and investigated by
7:19 am
malaysia's attorney general he decided to fight them both last tuesday in a major cabinet shuffle and tony and such moves are drawing national concern and his criticism of the government's handling of this investigation has him now barred from leaving the country. >> i have not been charged. i have not been requested to assist in any investigation. it clearly points to an act of desperation in an attempt to intimidate the big critics, again, the prime minister and his handling of the problem. >> reporter: the actions of the government are like the 1980s when several newspapers were shut down for a period. >> i really think that it's a serious indication of a failure to engage in a healthy democratic way with relationship with the state and citizens. >> reporter: the government are making their position clear. >> because of the nature of allegations made by this could
7:20 am
very well undermine the security of the nation and stability of the economy. we believe a temporary suspension of the publication is the best way to go pending investigation both by the thai government and also by domestic investigator and authorities here in malaysia. >> resent elections have seen by votes and opinion move towards opposition parties. malaysia has just over two years before the next general election enough time to recover and restore the public but this will reenforce the opinion that the power that has been in power since independence may no longer be trusted, al jazeera, kuala lumpur. police arrested the former president's chief of staff and he was taken into custody as part of an investigation into corruption at the state oil company petrobus and served as
7:21 am
silva administration between 2003-2005. rio is trying to ensure the world the games will be okay next year and clearing criminals from the shanty towns and human rights campaigns say hundreds of young men have been killed in the cleanup as daniel reports. >> reporter: rio promised 85,000 police and soldiers on duty to ensure safety and security for the olympic and para olympic games that begin in just over a year and controlled from this nerve center with images from fixed points around the city and hundreds of police cars. >> translator: more than just planning or preventing situations we need to be ready for whatever happens and that is what we are doing here. >> reporter: the authorities have been employing what they call a pacification of shanty
7:22 am
towns taking control of drug gangs ahead of last year's world cup and next year's olympic games. [gunfire] amnesty international accuses them of killings of hundreds of mostly young black men they have not pacified. >> police brutality and homicides have been naturalized in police operations and has been accepted as something natural by society as a whole. >> reporter: the human rights organization says rio is two cities. the glitz and glammar on the side to impress the world and the other oppressive peace interventions and the@ athletes will not come to neighborhoods like this and it will be clean to make sure what goes on here is contained and invisible while the focus of the world is on rio for the duration of the games.
7:23 am
and they live here. their two-year-old son michael was killed nearly 20 years ago in a police shootout. the authorities say they were defending themselves against him. no one has been charged with the killing. >> translator: the case is almost closed. i have to live the rest of my life with my son accused of being a gangster. >> translator: the pain never goes away. i'm leaving my country. the country i grew up in because i'm ashamed of it. >> reporter: amnesty says few killings are investigated and hardly anyone is prosecuted and the city secretary criticized the report as unfair at a time when pacifiying was substantially lowering crime rates and as the games approach the city's view on security remains divided, al jazeera, rio. puerto rico defaulted on its debt for the first time in history and the u.s. territory missed a $58 million payment to
7:24 am
its creditors which is just a fraction of its $72 billion debt burden as andy gallagher reports from san juan. >> reporter: puerto rico's economic down fall is a documented decline and failed to grow and it's twice out of the united states and thousands continue to leave for better opportunities elsewhere but to compare that puerto rico is in debt to the tune of $72 billion and now for the first time in its history it is in default. the business is already struggling with higher taxes and spiralling energy costs and things are already tough and this business owner is dealing with all that plus a drought that people blame on miss management of resources and all of which makes life harder on the island. >> we don't have water and we have to buy water and increase our cost and we can pass the costs on to customers and so at the end of the road you suffer from that for this crisis as
7:25 am
the same we suffer from the crisis of energy and the crisis of freight. >> like 37,000 people have already left and it's only half the year. >> the young people are leaving. >> the young and professionals. >> and crime is growing. >> yes. >> reporter: they believe the island has been heading in the young direction for years and she says things will only change when the economy veers away from its heavy reliance on government. >> the way our poverty was education and work. well we need to go back to that route. we cannot just be sustaining a welfare of population that maybe the states is going to afford it but we can't. >> reporter: puerto rico's economy has been in sharp decline and to many this is a mark of national shame and little doubt the worst is yet to come but some here see opportunity in crisis. >> i see things differently and the market of course is one that feels the changes. >> reporter: ralph returned and
7:26 am
he sees a way to change the island's economy and future. >> i want to bring people here and help be part of the change of puerto rico and be part of who needs to change puerto rico because of a vested interest and happens i'm from here and why not do it. >> reporter: scrambling to restructure the debt and budget also be severely cut and jobs lost and it seems the island's population of 3 1/2 million will pay the highest price. andy gallagher, al jazeera, san juan puerto rico. urged to help solve a nationwide problem with plastic bags and continue to liter the streets despite a government ban which started three months ago and nicholas hawk reports. >> reporter: it wasn't always like in the liter and junk and plastic bags accumulated over time.
7:27 am
and never understood how people got so easily accustom to this pollution and how his own neighbors and people who go to mosque and pray five times a day also throw their garbage here and polluting what was once a nature reserve. >> translator: any form of aggression to the environment is a sin and clearly forbidden and people need to be reminded of this. >> reporter: to reduce pollution parliament banned plastic bags altogether and carrying one is illegal and throwing a plastic bag the street could lead to six month jail sentence and $300,000 fine but despite the penalties the law is largely ignored. >> translator: if we get rid of these bags what am i going to use for customers? we need a viable alternative and there isn't one yet. >> reporter: so old habits remain and people continue to use and discard them. dumping them even into the ocean. it will take thousands of years
7:28 am
before they disintegrate. in the meantime someone needs to pick them up. there is just so much pollution local officials say they cannot cleanup and enforce the law all on their own so they asked the help of local religious leaders to help them change people's behavior offering preaching that emphasizes the importance of protecting the environment in islam. known as the green iman they are making fighting his jihad whether in mosques or outside to young and old he sites the koharn to take care of the environment. >> translator: god handed out humanity the responsibility of nature and creatures of the earth and as muslims it's our duty to protect the government. >> reporter: taking responsibility for the waste we create it may sound trivial but it's a global issue, a call for local action and a small change in habits and believes at stake
7:29 am
is not just protecting nature from human pollution, it's about saving what connects us to the spiritual world. nicholas hawk, al jazeera. one of the most famous footballers in the world goes under cover in his team's city. and he had a beard and fake belly before heading out to the streets of the spanish capitol complete with a cute dog and couldn't find anyone to return the ball to him. and cannot score a date from a good looking passersby. but in a city that plays host to his deal royal madrid he found a few football people to appreciate his skills. when he finally reveals his identity to the young lad the spectators easily dismissed him for hours suddenly they realized
7:30 am
it was a big mistake. and that woman must be kicking herself. you can find all the news by logging on to our website. the address al that's all. >> a huge fire in northern california jumped its containment line. cooler temperatures may help crews get the upper hand today. >> seven of dead in an outbreak of legionnaires disease. officials try to calm the public as they hunt the source. >> until we secure the border, it's not going to stop. it's like a serious wound you want to haunch the flow. >> gop presidential hope